The story of our adventure in Spain

In October 2002 we purchased a holiday flat in Guardamar on Spain's Costa Blanca - not far from Alicante and Torrevieja and we try to spend a good part of the year in Spain.

This blog hopefully will contain our thoughts and impressions of Spain - the good and the bad and lots and lots of photographs of not only Guardamar but the rest of Spain as we eventually get to explore it.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Rouble and Spain

The sudden fall of the value of the Russian Rouble must have some affect on the Spanish economy especially in the tourist trade and construction industry.

During the last few years Russians have been persuaded by the tourist industry not only to visit Spain but to purchase property. It was hoped they would replace the British/German/Dutch and Norwegians who were no longer buying property.

Those Russians who have bought property will be in a good position financially but new comers will find property prices very expensive due to Russia's currency problems. Will this lead to further falls in the value of properties ?

Where will the construction industry turn to now ? I would imagine that the Chinese or Indian buyers will only be interested in the major cities and not the coastal tourist areas.

Watch developments with interest.

Champions League

Three Spanish football teams have made it to the last 16 playoffs of the Championship League this season.

Real Madrid will meet Schalke and Atletico Madrid will meet Bayer Leverkusen.

There will be a repeat of last season's competition when Barcelona play Manchester City. Their last meetings resulted in a 4-1 aggregate win for Barcelona.

Matches to be played in the New Year.

Good luck !!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Spring visit

One of the last photographs from our visit to Guardamar this spring. Hopefully more photographs later in the year.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


Guardamar will expect a top temperature of 34 C. tomorrow and sunshine all week.

Have a thought to us in North West England - maximum on Sunday 14 C. and rain rain rain ….


Sunday, 27 July 2014

River Segura at Guardamar

Time for a few more photographs to be added to the Blog - here a view of the River Segura from the long walkway that follows the river up to the marina.

Monday, 2 June 2014

King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos of Spain has at the age of 76  decided to abdicate in favour of his 45 year old son Crown Prince Felipe .

The king who has been in poor health recently stated that " A new generation must be at the forefront .. younger people with new energies ".

Tune into Spanish TV or read El Pais for all the details …


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Guardamar farms

You'll find these farms in Guardamar and all within a short reach of the Rio Segura.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Guardamar - Scrapyard ??

This looks to me like a scrapyard for old boats - no doubt they could be someone's pride and joy..

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Rio Segura -Guardamar

The river Segura in Guardamar - they have certainly tried to clean this area up over the last few years.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Streets of Guardamar - Carrer Juan Garcia

These high rise apartments certainly dominate the marina area of Guardamar.

Convenient apartments if you happen to have a boat in the marina.

Friday, 16 May 2014


I love the colours on this building - whenever I walk by I'm impressed with the colour scheme.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Shadows in the sun

Shadows in the sun - down in the pine forest Guardamar

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Guardamar - Arab Fort

Guardamar's own arab fort - dating back a long long time.

Managed to stick the camera through the fence and get these pictures.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Labour Day Concert - Guardamar

If you wondered down to the main square in Guardamar on Labour Day you would have enjoyed a free concert.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Short visit ...

We've just had another short visit to Guardamar.

What beautiful sunny and warm weather we had - glorious..

Hope to post a few photos over the next few days


Spanish TV

May 6th is big day for Spanish TV - 9 channels will be withdrawn because the broadcasters have had their DTT licences withdrawn.

It would appear that the courts have ruled that these licences should have been put out for general tender but were not and therefore the current licence is withdrawn.

Included in the list of channels is Nitro and LaSexta3. This is a great pity as these channels showed films in the original language which is usually English.

Possibly in the future a further 8 channels are rumoured to be withdrawn. No doubt some other companies will apply for licences and perhaps we'll see more channels again.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Guardamar del Segura - Easter timetable of events

If you want to know what's happening in Guardamar over the Easter period then here is a handy link -

Enjoy - the parades are well worth watching …